Christopher Macgowan, OBE
Christopher Macgowan is the former Chief Executive of both The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) and a former Interim Chief Executive of the automotive industry charity BEN.He is also a member of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation Public Policy Committee.
Christopher is a Freeman of the City of London, a trustee of the National Motor Museum, a trustee of BEN and a member of the Executive Committee of The Caravan Club and is its Honorary Treasurer. He is a member of the Department for Transport’s Motorists’ Forum.
In 2008 he was appointed Officer to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
He was formerly an External Assessor at Loughborough University, a Vice President of the Automotive Fellowship International (AFI) and a trustee of Farleigh Hospice. Christopher Macgowan was formerly Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham’s Business School’s Centre for Automotive Management and Honorary Chairman of the Buckingham Automotive Forum.
He has a well known passion for information technology and how it can drive down costs and enhance communication across many platforms in any business enterprise.
Senior Director - Transport, Asda Logistics Services
With over 25 years’ experience within distribution and transportation, Chris now heads up Asda’s Transport Team.
Key responsibilities include the design, procurement & maintenance of the company’s large commercial & ecommerce fleet, the strategy & implementation of transport systems, the execution of all transport planning solutions, the efficient running of the primary in-bound network & the on-going drive to maximise a highly efficient & sustainable transport network within a 5 year strategy framework.
17 years’ service with Asda, all within logistics across a range of depot & home-office based roles. Previously 9 years with United Biscuits in a number of roles across Warehouse, Transport & Customer Services.
Group Logistics Director, HSS Hire
David has worked in Logistics for 20 years having spent 10 years with the Co-operative Group in various supply chain roles before moving to Bidvest Logistics. Whilst at Bidvest he headed up the purchasing function before moving into general manager DC roles and latterly the distribution planning function.
In 2013 David joined HSS Hire as Logistics Director with responsibility for logistics strategy underpinned by great customer service across a network of over 30 distribution centres nationwide with a fleet of 450 commercial vehicles that collectively carry out over 3000 deliveries and collections a day.
Dr Will Murray
Research Director, Interactive Driving Systems
Dr Will Murray is Research Director at Interactive Driving Systems, a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University and long-time Trustee of the road safety charity Brake. We provide research-led fleet risk management solutions supporting organisations of all types and sizes to build road safety into their operating DNA. Our Virtual Risk Manager has 1,000,000+ car, commercial, bus, two-wheeler and lift-truck riders, operators and drivers registered in 40+ languages across 90 countries. Corporate Social Responsibility lies at the heart of our approach, including the freely available www.fleetsafetybenchmarking.net tool. To date this has allowed 1,300+ organisations to review and benchmark their policies, practices and processes for work-related road safety.
Director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim
James Davis is Director of Commercial Vehicles at Manheim, the UK’s number one CV auction company and part of the world’s largest automotive services business, Cox Automotive. Manheim in the UK can trace its roots back to 1921 and today, its subsidiary and sister companies include Motors.co.uk, Dealer Auction, NextGear Capital, WeWantAnyCar.com and Money4YourMotors.
With 20 years frontline experience in commercial vehicles, both in auction and as an asset manager for a major truck rental and contract hire business, James has a unique viewpoint on the historic and future CV remarketing landscapes. During his career he has delivered a number of pioneering remarketing projects, including the launch of online CV auctions 10 years ago. He has set and managed forecasted residual values and even restored a 25-year old Transit van.
James is incredibly passionate about the CV sector and a regular speaker at industry and trade body events. He has recently published a new model that provides increased clarity of the factors that together influence a van’s future value in each and every life cycle.
Sales Director, BT Fleet
Joe joined BT Fleet as Sales and Marketing Director in April 2011 with a strong remit to build a new sales team and grow external revenues. He worked previously as Sales Director for BT Redcare Group where he generated new sales into existing surveillance markets and was instrumental in creating and growing a new Security Solutions business over the previous three years.
Other senior sales roles in BT included General Manager within BT’s Indirect Channel recruiting and working with over 100 partners in the channel and as General Manager within BT Business where he was responsible for creating new collaborative programmes to serve BT’s SME customers.
Joe’s early career was spent with BT and from the late 1970’s to 1990 he worked in various engineering specialisms including quality assurance, high volume repair and calibration.
Outside of BT, Joe has worked for Danish Group, Great Nordic and was Deputy Managing Director of their UK subsidiary GN Nettest. He is also a non-exec director for North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) where he sits on the Quality & Safety, Performance and Audit committees.
Director of Policy, Freight Transport Association
Karen joined FTA as Director of National and Regional Policy in April 2011 and is responsible for the development of FTA’s policy campaigning, information and communication services. After graduating with a degree in Music at the University of Lancaster, Karen began her career at the Department for Transport and since then has worked in a number of key policy roles including as Director of Policy at the RHA and more recently as Head of Infrastructure Policy at the CBI.
Head of Fleet Services, Environment Agency
Following my graduation in Applied Biology, I became an R & D Agronomist before joining the National Rivers Authority (NRA) as a Pollution Control Officer undertaking a range of counter pollution activities in Birmingham and North Warwickshire
I worked in a number of different work areas before being seconded into the ‘shadow’ Environment Agency in 1995 to support the development of incident management arrangements in the new Agency. This work led me to take up the position of National Emergencies Co-ordinator in 1996 and then the Technical Manager for the Incidents and Contingency Planning team in 2003’
In August 2005 Dale became Head of Fleet Operations for the Environment Agency, responsible for the acquisition, management and disposal of our diverse range of fleet assets. I also lead on Fleet Service within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) working closely with Central Government on fleet initiatives and polices.
Director, FleEtVOLUTION Consulting
Darren Bell has over 25 years’ experience in Transport Logistics and Fleet Management. Before setting up FleEtVOLUTION earlier this year, Darren was Director of Fleet Services (UK&I) for G4S, responsible for the management of >6500 vehicles - in one of the most diverse and complex fleets in the UK. In a previous life, Darren held senior operational fleet and logistics roles within the Armed Forces, whilst deployed in Afghanistan he designed and implemented the transport standard operating procedures for NATO.
Darren has a passion for vehicle and fleet related technology, as well as a desire to increase safety within industry through focus on occupational road risk management.
His current focus is the launch of ecoFIT product (Fuel Intelligence Technology), a fuel optimisation product designed for the fleet industry. ‘This has been our passion of late and all of us associated with ecoFIT are extremely excited about the positive impact the ecoFIT will have on the fleet industry – this is a game changer!'.
Freight & Fleet Programme Manager, CLOCS
Glen has been employed in logistics and transport all of his working life (which is quite some time). He has been at Transport for London since 2007, and is responsible for delivering a range of environmental and safety projects with the freight and fleet industry. In particular, developing and managing the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) initiative and working with heavy goods vehicle manufacturers to design safer trucks with minimal blind spots.
Prior to his time at Transport for London, Glen endured 23 years in military logistics. Over this time he progressed from driving trucks in Germany to his final appointment responsible for operational fleet capability, transport compliance and road safety across a 9000 vehicle fleet. This first-hand experience has been invaluable in pursuing sustainable fleet operations in London.
Head of Vans and LCV's, Freight Transport Association
Mark Cartwright has been an integral part of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) where he has worked for over 25 years. He has been involved in a variety of roles within the FTA including Marketing, Member Services and is now currently responsible for the management and development of the Van Excellence programme; an industry led initiative enhancing standards of van operator compliance, celebrating those who demonstrate excellence and representing the interests of the van industry.
Outside of his work at FTA Mark is a lifelong Wolves fan and a keen (but not very good) cyclist.
Fleet Operations Manager, Babcock Land Phoenix
Steve Tyers has worked within the transport industry since leaving school and steadily progressed from a HGV Technician to many senior manager role’s within the industry and has witnessed many changes over the past 32 years.
Steve has been the UK Fleet Operations Manager for Babcock Land Phoenix since 2011, he is responsible for the Maintenance, Defects, Recharge costs, Legal and H&S aspects of around 15,000 + MOD assets across the Phoenix contract. This service is delivered through 3 area offices at Faslane, Catterick and Aldershot which deal on a daily basis with multiple lease providers and support by their Head Office at Aztec West in Bristol.
Steve was involved in the successful rebid for the Whitefleet contract which ran for 10 years and is looking forward to hearing if Babcock’s bid they have submitted has been successful in securing the next Phoenix II contract in early 2016.
He has faced many challenges over the past 4 years, especially the installation of Trimble telematics to the majority of the fleet and assisting in the setup of driver safety settings. The units have helped reduce accidents and improve safety as well assist in optimising the fleet to the right levels and areas of the country.
He also oversees Babcock's Vehicle Rental Service Centre at Tidworth which provides rental vehicles and quoted rate services such as coaches and 4x4's for some 250k MOD hires per annum.
Steve is a qualified commercial vehicle technician and has an HNC in Road Transport Management. He is also full member with the IRTE and is registered with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician. He is also a member of SOE and holds a National and International CPC.
He is also studying for an Open University BSc – in Environmental Studies.
Fleet Development Manager, Transport for London
Ted has been employed in the automotive industry for 28 years and has been at Transport for London since August 2007. He is responsible for the day to day operation of its Road Fleet Operation, which includes cars, and light commercial vehicles – fleet size is circa 1400 vehicles.
Ted has broad-ranging experience gained in a variety of roles in the private and public sectors – including operational roles for Tubelines Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London and Budget Rent a Car International and sales roles for Arval and Lex Autolease.
Ted has managed a comprehensive review of the fleet function and leveraged his understanding of vehicle financing and operational experience to deliver an award winning fleet:
• Winner UK Best Fleet of the Year 1001+ vehicles – Fleet News Awards 2015
• Highly Commended Safe Fleet of the Year – Fleet News Awards 2015
• Winner Van Fleet of the Year for Transport and Logistics – 2013
• Winner Green Fleet for Public Sector Fleet (250+) – 2012